Baptist Life

ATLANTA — Leading campus ministry at Georgia State University for the past 40 years has been a joy to Teresa Royall, an energetic lady described by her students as a living example of what it means to give your all for the Lord. Royall has led co-eds on mission trips around the globe, giving them their first glimpses of life in Third World countries. She has counseled countless students, led a never-ending number of Bible studies, cooked meals, wiped tears, and slept on floors with never a complaint.

WINSTON, Ga. — In 1933 Erskine Caldwell wrote a best-selling novel entitled God’s Little Acre. The book is about a destitute Georgia farmer named Ty Ty Walden who gives one acre of his farmland to God to support the church. The book sounds like an inspiring treatise on stewardship, but is actually all about greed, murder, betrayal, lust, and rage. Although the book sold more than ten million copies it was censured by the Georgia Literary Commission and banned in Boston.

VILLA RICA, Ga. — Months ago plans were underway for First Baptist Villa Rica’s annual summer student camp. Reservations were made to have the camp at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat in Florida for June 19-23. During the time plans were being made Pastor Kevin Williams and Student Pastor Josh Shrewsbury had a breakfast meeting with the new head football coach at Villa Rica High, Austin Barren.

VALDOSTA, Ga. — Bible conferences seem to have a growing impact in churches across the nation. In some ways, these conferences appear to have taken the place of revival meetings, and they often have similar results. They give the Lord the opportunity to do something special in the lives of those who participate. They create the kind of atmosphere for the Lord to appear in an unprecedented way and they often result in souls saved and believers being called to a life of full surrender to Christ.

SUWANEE, Ga. — Crews from Georgia churches are deploying to Vermont to help victims in what has been described as that state’s worst natural disaster in nearly a century. Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Director Dwain Carter said flood response units are expected to pull out Monday morning enroute to Barre, Vt., one of the hardest hit communities.

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (KT) — Manuel “Miggie” Villalobos traveled to Hopkinsville this summer to play baseball. But he said what he found “truly changed my life.” That change was on display Sunday, July 9, when the college athlete was baptized at Hillcrest Baptist Church — professing his faith in Christ and understanding the significance of that decision.

FORT WORTH, Texas — New academic leadership of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was named today by President David S. Dockery beginning with the fall semester, including naming W. Madison Grace II to the roles of provost and vice president for academic administration and dean of the School of Theology.

ROCHELLE, Ga. — More than 30 migrant workers who came to southwest Georgia to harvest watermelons will leave with much more than a paycheck. That’s because they prayed to receive Christ at First Baptist Church of Rochelle, where they gathered Thursday for dinner and a gospel presentation by Georgia Baptist Mission Board missions consultant Samuel Ayala.

Imagine arriving on the mission field knowing no one, speaking none of the language and wondering where your house is, with no one to guide you. Then imagine immediately being thrown into cross-cultural ministry, also with minimum guidance. Sounds overwhelming, right?

Pastor Jeffrey “Jeff” Scott Daniels, 54, passed away on Tuesday at his home in Trenton, Ga. He was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. on July 6, 1969 to the late Brother Johnny and Regina Andrews Daniels.  He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, Pop Pop, friend, and pastor.

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